2011 NBA Tradeline: Breaking Down Each Trade with Winners and Losers
The 2011 trade deadline was certainly a busy one. Here's to breaking down each of the big trades made on the market.
Deron Williams to the Nets...what this could mean for the future of the club.
Atlanta acquiring former Jayhawk Kirk Hinrich—genius trade.
Blazers acquiring veteran all star Gerald Wallace—will be discussed.
Melo to the Knicks was probably the biggest trade made, but everyone is forgetting about Chauncey.
Baron Davis for Mo Williams. I liked the trade, but for which team?
Carl Landry to NoLa, Thornton to California's Capital
Hornets send: Marcus Thornton and cash considerations
Kings send: Carl Landry
Why: The Hornets get more depth in their front court, and they are likely playoff bound. The Hornets have CP3 and Landry will be a nice backup who might even get the occasional start at the two. Kings clearly see something in Landry, the sophomore, but if they want to rebuild a team around Tyreke Evans, Landry was the guy to start it.
Landry, who is 6'9, is in his fourth year out of Purdue. Thornton, who is 6'4, is from LSU.
Landry Stats: 11.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg.
Thornton Stats: 7.8 ppg in his second NBA season.
Gerald Wallace to Portland, Pryzbilla to Charlotte
Portland Sends: Joel Pryzbilla, Dante Cunningham, future first round picks
Charlotte sends: Gerald Wallace
Why: Portland is for real this season, they're here to play. With Roy back, Lamarcus Aldridge playing as well as anyone in the league, and they get to keep their starting point guard Andre Miller... things are looking up. Wallace is a defensive powerhouse as well. Portland is postseason bound and they've just added a former all star.
However, if you're looking through the eyes of a Bobcats fan, you've won. Owner Michael Jordan is thinking about the future and is looking to cut payroll.
Pryzbilla stats: 1.8 ppg, 3.9 ppg in limited time.
Cunningham stats: 5.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg in limited time.
Wallace stats: 15.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg
Sean Byrne...you picked the right team
Celtics Send Perkins, Nate; Receive Green, Kristic from Thunder
Celtics send: Kendrick Perkins, Nate Robinson
Thunder send: Jeff Green, Nenad Kristic
Why: Although the Thunder did succeed in finding their solid big man in Perkins, they gave up way too much talent in Jeff Green. The guy can do it all for the Celtics—rebound, shoot, even some dribbling, and that's hard to find in the four spot. He'll be a nice addition to the Celtics for the playoffs, though Green being traded isn't going to hurt the Thunder's playoff chances. Robinson will be some nice quick relief for the Thunder's guards.
Robinson stats: 7.1 ppg, 1.9 apg
Perkins stats: 7.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg
Green stats: 15.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg
Kristic stats: 7.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg
Battier to the Grizz, Thabeet to Houston
Grizzlies send: Hasheem Thabeet, first round pick
Rockets send: Shane Battier, Ishmael Smith
Why: Clearly nobody notices that the Grizzlies are currently in the eighth spot in the Western Conference, and if the season ended today they'd be in the playoffs. Battier is one of the smartest basketball players in the game, and he's a defensive wizard. Battier will bring words of wisdom to the team (OJ Mayo), and will be able to help shut down superstars when the Grizzlies play tougher opponents toward the end of the year or even the playoffs.
Thabeet stats: 1.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg, limited playing time
Battier stats: 8.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg
Smith stats: 2.4 ppg, 2.6 apg
Hinrich to ATL, Bibby to Wizards
Hawks send: Mike Bibby, Jordan Crawford, Mo Evans, first round draft pick
Wizards send: Kirk Hinrich, Hilton Armstrong
Why: Bibby's playing time has been limited at the point due to his struggles, and now the Hawks won't have to deal with him any more. They bring in Hinrich, who has been playing well and has proved himself in the past. Bibby's playing time will be blocked by a wall in Washington.
Bibby stats: 9.4 ppg, 3.6 apg
Crawford stats: 4.2 ppg
Evans stats: 4.5 ppg
Hinrich stats: 11.1 ppg, 4.4 apg
Armstrong stats: 1.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg
Davis a Cav, Mo Joins Griffin
Cavs send: Jamario Moon, Mo Williams
Clippers send: Baron Davis, first-round draft pick
Why: Mo Williams is in my mind a younger Baron Davis. The Clippers don't appear to be headed to the playoffs this year, and they'll have some money to play with in the off season.
Moon stats: 4.7 ppg, 3 apg
Williams stats: 13.3 ppg, 7.1 apg
Davis stats: 12.8 ppg, 7 apg
D-Will to the Nets, Harris and Favors to Utah
Utah sends: Deron Williams
New Jersey sends: Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, two first-round picks and $3 million
Why: The Jazz won the trade, but the Nets have a plan.
The Deron Williams trade shocked everybody—it shocked me too. But the thing is, this was not just a desperation trade for the Nets.
It was a trade to acquire someone they are going to build their future franchise around. Five to eight years ago, the Nets were great, with Richard Jefferson in his prime, Vince Carter and Jason Kidd. At that time, the Nets were really one of the better teams in the league.
Now, Avery Johnson is going to be the coach of another one of those teams.
The Nets made this trade, but people questioned them.
Was it smart to give up Favors? After all, Favors is playing well and he's still about three years away from his prime.
It's too late for doubt, though.
Williams' contract has him in New Jersey until after the 2012 season, unless, of course, he signs a contract extension. People think he won't want to—but I think he will.
Now, Williams was not thrilled with coming to New Jersey, nor should he have been. The Nets won 12 games last season; who would want to come to this team?
But, Williams is going to finish this season and want to be in New Jersey forever.
For starters, he's going to have spotlight all to himself. There is no other name in New Jersey right now.
Brook Lopez is good, but he's no All-Star. Plus, he's never been in the playoffs, unlike Williams.
Deron Williams is going to get so much popularity on such a small market team that he's going to feel that he is in the perfect place.
The Nets also have over 20 million dollars to play with in the offseason. Their projected salary for next season is 39 million.
However, don't be surprised if they shed the contract of Outlaw, Petro, Farmar, or Morrow either before the trade deadline or this offseason.
And, lots of money means a chance at lots of talent. They might wait until this off season or next, but expect the Nets to grab a star. Whether it includes nabbing CP3, forcing Deron to the two or Dwight Howard, forcing Brooke to the four, the Nets mean business.
The Nets are bringing a new franchise into Brooklyn next year.
The new king of Brooklyn is never going to want to leave.
This of course all depends if the Nets can sign someone to make Williams want to stay.
Williams stats: 21.3 ppg, 9.7 apg
Harris stats: 15 ppg, 7.6 apg
Favors stats: 6.3 ppg, 5.3 apg
Melo a Knick
We've all heard enough about this deal, so I'll just give a brief overview of the trade.
The Knicks got Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony. The Nuggets got Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, and a lot of money.
The Knicks won this trade because of how happy Anthony is in New York. Expect him to sign a big extension and want to play with Amar'e for a while. They appear to be headed to the playoffs and Billups is a huge upgrade over Felton because of his experience...He's played in over 100 playoff games while Felton has zero. Anthony can play with any player in the league and him and Amare on the same team is beyond lethal.
Other Trades That Happened Around the League
- Nazr Mohammed to Oklahoma city
- Marquis Daniels to the Kings
- Aaron Brooks to the Suns, Goran Dragic to Houston
- Harangody and Erden to the Cavs
- Troy Murphy to Golden State, Gadzuric and Brandan Wright to New Jersey
- James Johnson to the Raptors